Practical Support Volunteer

Macmillan Cancer Support

Name: Practical Support Volunteer
Organisation: Macmillan Cancer Support
Location: C/O Voluntary Action North Somerset, Weston Court, Oldmixon Crescent, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, BS24 9AU


Help make sure no one in North Somerset faces cancer alone. People tell us they need practical support during their cancer journey and need help locally. Macmillan's Buddies is a new project and we'd love you to be a part of it! We need volunteers to support people in their homes and local area. Training will be provided before you start your role.

You will provide practical support (such as help around the house, with light gardening or shopping) to people who are currently unable to do this themselves, either because they have cancer or are caring for someone with cancer. You will be provided with training and support to help you and we hope that you will be able to give us a 6 - 12 months commitment, around 2 hours a week.

In return for your support you will get the opportunity to support a high-profile organisation, make a difference to people affected by cancer, develop existing skills and learn new ones, be an important part of trialing this exciting new service and meet new people. We will also provide a comprehensive training programme and ongoing support and supervision and reimburse expenses.

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Organisation Description

One in three of us will get cancer and it's the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you've been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you'll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides support information and advice for people affected by cancer so they don’t have to face it alone.

We provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. We are Macmillan Cancer Support.


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Cause / Interests

  • Health and Hospital and Hospices

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Caring
  • Gardening
  • General and Helping
  • Practical Work and DIY

Skills and Qualifications


- Sociable and approachable
- Reliable, honest and punctual
- Ability to work independently but with guidance and support
- Ability to recognise own boundaries and limitations of role
- An interest in cancer care and the services that Macmillan provides
- Be physically capable of undertaking practical based tasks
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- A knowledge of the local community desirable (but not essential)

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

DBS Check